Black Lives Matter, Asian Readathon, A New Favourite Book And I’m Going On Hiatus

Hey everyone!!

As I’m sure you’ve seen in recent news about the injustices and murder of Black people in America. This is beyond heart-breaking. These citizens need justice and change. George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. David McAtee. James Scurlock. Sandra Bland. And so many more.

Make sure you know about what is happening in America. The protests.  How the police treat people. It is horrifying. Don’t let the mainstream media be your only source because they lie and hide things. Educate yourself and listen.

Advice for protestors with tear gas, more information for protestors and what to do if police come at your door.

Petitions to sign: (don’t use to donate as it is a private organisation but please sign and make sure you confirm your email address)


    • George Floyd Go Fund Me
    • Freedom Funds
    • Thread of mutual aid funds
    • **WATCH THIS YOUTUBE VIDEO, all money is donated to BLM movement in some way (listed in description)** (make sure ads are on and you watch them ALL. Don’t watch on loop as it is marked as spam. If you want to watch again, watch 3-5 different videos in between (music videos would be fine) then watch again. Watch at the highest quality and try not to pause as it doesn’t add to views.)
    • more information for donations here.

**This Google Doc has in depth resources**

What You Can Do? Sign petitions, educate yourself, donate, protect, stand up to people when you see racist behaviour and microaggressions, know what is happening in your local areas, elevate Black people’s voices. This article covered 75 things white people can do, a list of non-fiction books regarding race and list of Black book creators.

Black Lives Matter.

Also, remember the UK is racist as well, this isn’t just an US problem. It is all over the world and you educate yourself on this to learn how to do better. For the UK, I suggest ‘Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race?’ by Reni Eddo-Lodge (she narrates the audiobook which I recommend). It is an excellent place to start.

You can sign the petition for changing what is learnt in UK schools and if you are from the UK fill out this short survey. Also, please sign this current petition for Belly Mujinga.

‘Anti-Terror Bill’ in the Philippines and you can find out all about it here and find out what you can do.  It effectively takes away their right and freedom to speak up about their society. It shouldn’t be taken away. 

Also, the Hungarian Parliament voted in favour of a bill that outlaws legal gender recognition for trans and intersex people. You can read more about it here and sign the petition.

Of course, I hope you are all staying safe amid COVID-19 as lockdowns ease. Remember it is still important to do your best to protect loved ones, yourself and the vulnerable.

It is important to educate yourself on these matters all the time, not just now.



Cindy @ Read with Cindy hosted the Asian Readathon for Asian Heritage Month…

And I decided to participate which was a lot of fun and I read SO many great books.

Let’s look at the prompts….. (I didn’t do the group book hence it isn’t stated)

1) Read any book by an Asian author – MALAYSIAN: The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf
2) Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who you can relate to – JAPANESE: Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman (main character is a woman who likes to draw)
3) Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who is different from you – INDIAN: When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (main character is Indian, I’m white British)
4) Read a book recommended by an Asian – CHINESE-FILIPINO: The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco (Caitlin @ Caitlin Althea said how amazing the world was and that I should pick it up.)

Look at this wonderful list of Asian books that was made for this readathon. It is beautiful.





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I LOVED THIS CONTEMPORARY. It was the balance of serious and cute that I love. Plus, the marvel and an oddity format was so special. It was B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L.




A really unique world and I loved the use of different perspectives. Plus, the themes of this book were SOOO good. Listening on audio made me slightly confused at parts but it became clear in the end. I do wish I connected a little more to the characters though however I need the sequel RIGHT NOW.




This was the fighting tournaments with magic mix I never knew I needed. The plot was really captivating and fast paced so it was definitely the book’s strongest point and kept me reading. The magic was also really cool.




The romance was the cutest. It had a really good narration and easy writing style making it a quick read which I enjoyed. It was fun and engaging. I do wish we got more superhero stuff. Whilst there was still a fair amount, I just wanted more.




MY NEW FAVOURITE. This was a really good historical fiction and I love the way we were really in Melati’s head. The characters were fleshed out and the plot kept moving whilst it still stayed character driven. It was a hard read but very well done and important so I definitely recommend it.



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I loved this sequel as we got to experience more ‘superhero’ stuff and Bells was a great main character. A highlight of this book was definitely the friendship group as they are so fun and supportive. The plot could have been worked on a bit but still a solid read.



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I really like Chao’s writing style and I love the family dynamic she writes about. This was an interesting read as it was mixed with a folktale retelling. It felt unique but basic at the same time in a good way (does that make sense?). It did have a bit of insta-love but overall a good read. I’d suggest going the audiobook way with this one.



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The highlight of this book was the art. I loved it and I need the sketchbook. The writing was a close second because it was beautiful. If you need convincing to read this just check out books with chloe‘s vlog. The only issues were I wasn’t fully invested in the romance and felt like more could have been done with the brothers.




It started off stronger than it finished. I felt like the plot had quite a few lulls and for books like that I kind of need pretty prose which wasn’t this book’s style, so I struggled with that. It was still entertaining, and I’d probably watch the movie of this.



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This is a novella you can read for free on Barnes and Noble’s website which I, of course, suggest you do. It is a story with an important theme (you can guess it from the title) mixed with fantastical, mythological element. It was really good actually. 100% recommend.



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I wasn’t expected that mix of genre and one story ending still haunts me. With most short story collections there are a few I adore, a few average and some forgettable stories and I would say this is the same. BUT the food and cultures were great and the good stories were PERFECT so I still recommend (probably when you aren’t hungry though).






Out Of Your Comfort Zone Reading Challenge…

L2_ Traveler L_ Favorite L_ Series Champ

Year of The Asian Reading Challenge…
Green and blue award badge with a Indian Cobra in the center, and with two gold stars above the award.
Indian Cobra: 11-20 books



As the title suggest I’m going on hiatus for a little while. I don’t have a timeframe but I want a little break really but I will reply to comments from this post and if I’m tagged in anything (basically keep on top of notifications) so it doesn’t build up but I won’t be doing anything else.

Blogging can take up a lot of my time and whilst I enjoy it a lot, sometimes I need a break. Hopefully, this will let me focus on some other important things and I can come back feeling really energised and back on schedule for my blog.

I will miss all of you the most but hopefully soon I’ll be back (as always, I will be keeping up to date with current events as everyone should). I wish you all the best and stay safe. See you soon. ♥♥


What books have you read recently?? Have you participated in any readathons?? What is your favourite book written by an Asian author??


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50 thoughts on “Black Lives Matter, Asian Readathon, A New Favourite Book And I’m Going On Hiatus

  1. Have a good hiatus! Stay safe and take care of yourself.
    Your recent reads look fantastic and I think I might go and check some of them out on Goodreads ❤ (also the Asian readathon list? legendary)

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  2. I hope you have a relaxing and restful hiatus!! I’ll miss your posts while you’re on it, but I hope you’re able to regain some inspiration and that you enjoy the time away.💗You’ll be missed, but I wish you all the best and think hiatuses are super important!! xx

    Thank you for sharing all the resources at the beginning of your post! Also, congrats on all the books you finished during the month. I agree that a movie of When Dimple Met Rishi would be amazing and definitely so cute!!

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    1. Thank you so much for all the kind words and support Olivia, it always means a lot !! ❤ I hope it will be a productive time away from blogging but I will miss it. Thank you again !! ❤

      Of course !!
      Thank you, I did have a good reading month. I was taking advantage of my free scribd trial 😂 Yesss, it would be entertaining to watch !!

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  3. YES. THE BEGINNING IS AMAZING, thank you so much for sharing these resources!! Is it okay if I share them in my upcoming post?
    Yay, I’m glad your readathons are going great! And you should totally take as much time as you need- but we will miss your posts!! 😁

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    1. Of course!! And yes it is completely fine, the more shares of the links the better !!

      Thank you so much. I had a great time reading all these books !! Thank you for all your support and kindness Aditi, it means a lot ! 💞💞

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  4. I NEED to read Love from A-Z it looks so good!! And the Never Tilting World is another book I’ve had my eye on for awhile… Starfish is on my TBR and I’ve heard it’s wonderful 😍 thanks for all the links/resources of where to donate during these times I feel it’s important to have resources/posts people can reference since w Twitter many tweets get lost in the masses!! Hope u have a wonderful and restful hiatus and I wish u the best of reading in June 💞💞

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    1. Ohh… well I definitely recommend Love From A to Z !! And The Never Tilting World was such an interesting fantasy, I’m so glad I picked it up !! And Starfish was great too, I loved the writing !!
      Of course. I agree, I am thankful for the amount of information on twitter/social media but it can mean that you miss out on some information that you want to know !
      Thank you so, so much Jamie !! I hope you have a good June with some great books too !! 💞💞

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  5. Have a lovely hiatus!! I’ll miss reading your posts and talking with you, but self-care always come first, of course💜 Thank you so so much for sharing these resources, they’re so helpful! Starfish has one of the most gorgeous covers I’ve ever seen, and I’m happy to hear that the story is just as beautiful.

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    1. Thank you so much Kaya !! 💞 Thank you for all the support and just everything. I really appreciate it !! I’ll miss talking to you as well !
      Of course and I’m so glad they’re helpful for you !!
      Starfish’s cover really is stunning, I love the colours *heart eyes* and the writing was beautiful as well !! 💞

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  6. This is such a lovely list of books! Somehow, being an Indian myself, I find it hard to read books by Indians (apart from mythological/historical fiction) because they seem very close to home, and I’m not sure if that makes sense! I think I should definitely try again though, or I’ll be missing out on quite some lovely authors!
    Have a nice hiatus! Everyone definitely needs a break sometimes, and I hope you feel much better and refreshed, coming out of it! Much love to you!

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    1. Aww I’ll miss your posts whilst you’re away but I definitely understand the need for a break sometimes. I hope you have a lovely, relaxing break ☺️ and you’ve read some awesome sounding books. I still need to look into getting a copy of Caster thanks to the Hunger Games with magic description that I saw. And i so want The Never Tilting World. I’m going to have to read The Weight Of Our Sky sometime too as every time I see it mentioned it’s so well loved!! Although tbh basically I just need to get reading again which I will…I hope. Tbh I’m hoping to start at some point tomorrow but right now I have a headache again so it depends if that goes (I seriously hope it does as I 100% want to curl up with Blood Countess or Treason Of Thorns tomorrow evening). I know the first of those wasn’t on my mini TBR but I do have a lot of enthusiasm for it so it’s definitely an option 😅 anyway I hope you have a good break and stay safe 💕

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      1. Thank you, I’ll miss posting and reading blogs as well!! But I think a break will be the best thing for me at the minute !! thank you so much 💞
        I got to read so many great books which I’m very thankful for. Ohh.. I hope you love Caster when you read it. It does sound amazing and the execution is just as good !!
        The Never Tilting World is so interesting so I definitely recommend !!
        I loved The Weight Of Our Sky, it is a really well written book and I really liked the characters. It is a heavy read though !!
        Aww.. I really hope you get back into reading !! I’m sorry about the headache again. Ohh.. those both sound wonderful books. I definitely think it is good to follow what book you are in the mood for as it definitely makes me motivated to read and fall in love with it again!!
        Thank you so much. I hope you stay safe as well 💞

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        1. I completely understand. Everyone needs a break sometimes 💕💕 I had one for long enough 😂
          Yes you said you enjoyed it and I can’t wait 😍
          Is it bad that the start of that one really intrigued me with its face punch scene? 😂🙈
          Yeah it sounds very unique with its take on such difficult topics!!
          Thank you. It’s still here at the moment 😔 I know why I have it but that doesn’t help me make it go. Yeah that’s so true. I think that’s kind of why I keep falling into slump because reading all became about catching up on my TBR so I kept panicking about finishing every book and turning it into a chore. And with my library books atm it’s like I’ve had them so long I must finish them. Which isn’t really helping. Still I do have enthusiasm for them too and that’s the part that I need to seriously try and remember!!
          Thank you 💕

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          1. Thank you !! 💞💞 Aww.. you do need to do what goods for you !!
            Yay !! haha no, not at all. I think it makes it intriguing as well 😂 Yeah definitely !!
            aw.. I’m so sorry !! I know, that’s so annoying !! I wish there was something you could do !!
            I completely get that as I’ve forced myself to read this much by this time and it can ruin the experience as it takes away from the enjoyment !! Yeah when I get library loans out I do feel like I have to read them but sometimes you just had to focus on what you want.
            I’m glad, I help you are able to focus on enjoying then and your enthusiasm then !! 💞

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            1. Yes definitely. 💕💕
              Ooh yay 😂
              Thank you ❤️ yeah it’s something that I need to really try and stop doing. Yeah that’s true. I guess I’ll wait and see what happens. I still think I’m probably picking up Treason Of Thorns first though.
              Thank you ❤️

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    2. Yes I read a lot of great books in May which was great !! When you relate strongly to characters and the situation it does make you feel differently because it is so relevant to you so I understand that. Maybe when you feel in the right mood, you could check one out as there are some great authors !!
      Thank you so much, Arshia, for all the support !! I hope so !! Much love to you too !! 💞


  7. I love this post so much, Sophie!!! Thank you so much for highlighting current events at the beginning of the post and including so many helpful resources! I’m currently listening to Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, and it’s so good so far 🥺 And you read so many books for Asian Heritage Month! I’m so jealous because I could’ve read so much more books by Asian authors last month. 😅 I can’t believe you read a book recommended by me for the prompt too!!!!! Ahhhh, I can’t tell you how happy I am that someone actually read my recommendation :((((( 💖 We had the same thoughts on The Never Tilting World! I feel like I could’ve connected more with the characters, and the worldbuilding was a little hard to understand. Also, listening to the audiobook is the reason why I’ve gotten lost so many time while reading a book, haha.
    I’m so sad that you’re going on hiatus, because I absolutely adore your content and presence, but always, always do what’s best for you. I 100% support you 💖 You do so much for the blogging community, and you deserve a break. Hope you have an amazing June!

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    1. Thank you so much Caitlin !! 💞
      Of course. Yay ,that’s great, I thought it was a really good read. I loved the sections it was split into and I still remember it now so it was a lasting read. I hope you enjoy the rest of it !!
      I was surprised by the amount I read tbh but I had a scribd free trial so I think that helped as I had access to more audiobooks than I’m used to !! Aw… you always read lots of Asian authors all year though !!
      Of course, you always have great recommendation and I remember you saying how interesting the world was and it really was !! Thank you for getting me to pick it up 💞 Yeah I could have been a little more connected to them and the world was complex, the daughter/mother/sister thing confused me at first as well. Audiobooks do change things, like I haven’t read many fantasy on audio and I think it makes it harder to picture the world and keep up with the rules !!
      Aw… thank you so much Caitlin, all your support and kindness means the world !! I can’t thank you enough and I’m definitely going to miss talking to you during this break !! But thank you again 💞😭💞 I hope you have an amazing June as well !!

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  8. THANK YOU THANK YOU for sharing all of these resources! I hope you’re staying safe and as well as you can during this time ❤ Take the time you need for a hiatus, and I hope when you’re able to come back you’re energized and feeling better!!

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  9. What a wonderful readathon! I read Starfish on my vacation to Michigan a couple years ago and loved it. I believe there’s a sequel? But obviously I haven’t read it 😂 I’ve heard such mixed things about the Dimple books, but I think I’d like to try them? We’ll see…

    I hope you have a lovely hiatus, my friend! Self care is so important, especially right now for mental health. Hoping and praying you return refreshed! 🤍

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    1. It was a really fun readathon to be apart of !! Aw.. I love that you can remember where you read it but I’m glad you loved it too. It was a really good book !! Oh there is. I actually didn’t know that 😂 haha!! Yeah looking at the review I’ve seen a mix of opinions. I think if you are ever in the mood for a romance driven plot you could try it out !!

      Thank you so much Charis !! I agree self care is important and thank you again for all your kindness !! 💞

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  10. thank you so much for all the helpful resources you shared at the beginning, Sophie!!! it’s so awful to hear about what’s going on in the world but i agree that the best thing we can do is educate ourselves and be good allies.

    the readathon sounds like it went so well, i’ve been wanting to read Love From A to Z and Starfish for so long so i’m happy to hear that you enjoyed them. 😊 (and ahh that google doc of Asian book recs is AMAZING!)

    aw we’ll all miss you so much but i definitely hope that you have an amazing hiatus and you come back feeling energized and refreshed!! ❤❤

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    1. Of course !! I agree, it is awful and I definitely think we should educate ourselves and be good allies as well !!

      The readathon went very well and I enjoyed it a lot!! Ohh yay.. I hope you enjoy them when you pick them up. I definitely recommend them !! It really is the ultimate list !!

      Thank you for all your kindness and support Ash, it is always appreciated !! I’ll miss talking with you as well but I hope for a productive hiatus too !! 💞💞

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  11. Thank you so sharing all these great resources at the beginning of your post ❤
    I also enjoyed doing the Asian Readathon in May and had such fun reading the Sidekick Squad books! The plot wasn’t the best sometimes, but the characters and friendship dynamics were simply amazing 🥰 I’m also happy to see that you’ve earned more Out of Comfort Zone Badges! 🎉

    I hope your hiatus can be a chance to do some good self-care, we’ll all miss you 💗

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    1. Of course !!
      Yay I’m glad you had a good time too, it was a lot of fun !! I agree, the friendships were great and I could happily read about them all the time !! I could see lots of people enjoying them !!
      Yay I have!! I love them so thank you 🎉🎉
      Thank you so much for you all your support and kindness !! I will miss talking to you all as well 💛💛

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  12. I’m so glad that you enjoyed Love From A to Z! I love it so much and it makes me happy to see more people reading it. Same goes for Starfish! The art really made the book for me.
    I’ve been hearing so many great things about The Weight of Our Sky, so I hope I get to read that soon – especially knowing it’s a new favourite of yours. I still have to read some historical fiction for the Out of Your Comfort Zone challenge, so I think it would fit well!

    I will miss you, but I hope you have a lovely break from blogging and return feeling refreshed!!!! ❤

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    1. It really was a wonderful read, I’m so glad I finally read it as well !! Such a great story !! yess the art, I would love it if we got an artbook along side this one !!
      Yes I heard a lot of good things before as well and it definitely lived up to my expectations !! It is a heavy read but really good!! That would be perfect and it is a section of history I didn’t know too much about which made it a good historical read for me to check out. I hope you enjoy it !!

      I will miss you too but I hope it will be a productive break. Thank you so much for all your support and kindness!! 💞💞

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  13. Thank you for taking the time to share all of these valuable resources, Sophie ❤
    I need need need to read Love from A to Z now, seeing just how much you love it makes me all the more excited for it aaah!
    I hope you'll have a good hiatus, Sophie, take care of yourself, I'm sending you lots of love ❤ ❤

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    1. Of course !!
      Yayyyyy I definitely recommend Love From A to Z, such a great story that made me smile. If you check it out, I hope you love it too !!
      Thank you so much Marie 💞💞 Take care of yourself as well. All your support means a lot always. Lots of love 💞

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  14. yayyy, i am so glad you enjoyed the weight of our sky and love from a to z! i really liked both and even though i found the weight of our sky to be particularly hard to read at times, i think it’s ultimately a super important read, especially because i didn’t know anything about the race riots in malaysia before picking up this book and it was very eye opening learning more about it.
    i liked the audiobook for our wayward fate too, but like you said, the insta-love ruined the read a bit for me. i think if the book had focused more on the protagonist’s development of embracing her culture and getting closer to chase in the process, i would’ve enjoyed it better, as i feel like everything became kinda rushed because of all the themes the author was trying to fit in. but i still love gloria chao and i am very hyped for her new book this november, hahah.
    ahh, when dimple met rishi is one of my favorite books, but i think it was because i was kinda in a reading slump when i read it, and it was just what i needed: fast-paced, entertaining and with a dynamic writing style. still, i’ve loved what i read by sandhya menon since then.
    hope you take this time to relax and re-focus, sophie! wishing you a fantastic june! 💞

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    1. Yay thank you !! I had a really good time reading them both !! I am SO glad I finally picked them up.
      The Weight of Our Sky was a very heavy read I agree but definitely important. I really appreciated the author note at the start that made that clear as well. I didn’t know anything about the race riots either so I’m glad this book enabled me to learn about it, I completely agree.
      The audiobook was really good for Our Wayward Fate. It was some extreme insta-love, I was like ‘oh did that just happen right now’ haha but it still had some cute moments however it did taint the overall experience. I agree with that, I think I would have preferred that journey as well. Yeah, things did feel a bit rushed with all the themes at the end. SAME, I still loved her writing and the book in November, ahhh.. I’m so excited for it !! It sounds so good !!
      Aw.. I’m glad you loved it and I definitely do feel like it had a lightness and engaged you as a reader. I think my interest just slipped halfway a bit but I still want to pick up There’s Something About Sweetie especially as I liked Ashish.
      Thank you so much Lais 💞 I hope you have a great June as well !! 💞

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  15. Hello Sophie,
    I loved that you have shared resources for how we can help out in the Black Lives Matter movement. I agree that it’s terrifying and heartbreaking the things that are happening right now and it’s good to know that although we can’t change the world, there are little things that we can do to help.
    That’s awesome that you enjoyed Starfish. It’s on my TBR and I really look forward to reading it soon 🙂
    Wishing you a great June. I hope that you will enjoy the hiatus and come back feeling refreshed 🙂

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    1. Hello Sophie!! Of course, it is heart-breaking to see and hear so knowing what you can do to help is important, I agree. 🙂
      I did, it was a really good read. I hope you enjoy it when you check it out !! I would love to know your thoughts !!
      Thank you so much for all your support !! 💞 I hope you have a lovely June as well !!

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